Tuesday, November 22, 2016

More Silent Movie Rarities "Accidentally Preserved"

Good news for classic movie fans: the latest installment of the Accidentally Preserved series is out on DVD. Accidentally Preserved 4 is a killer collection of rare silents, originally struck in the 9.5mm film format by the Path├ęscope company (UK) - and sourced from the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. The spanking new HD digital transfers are accompanied by new musical scores composed by Ben Model.

The only reason these films survive in 2016 is because silent movies were struck on the 9.5mm format and sold to home movie enthusiasts in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's! The home movie purveyors - using standard and super 8mm, 9.5 and 16mm and other gauges - ended up being unwitting film preservationists, as many silent movies did not (unlike, to some degree, the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton) enjoy a second life on television.

Unfortunately, due to issues that sent this blog on hiatus, have not had the chance to see the DVD. Other knowledgeable writers and historians have. Check out the following excellent and thorough reviews.

DVD Talk
Jersey Retro
NJ Retro
Pop Matters
So Cal Arts And Entertainment
Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear

The films on Accidentally Preserved 4, which had been unavailable to the public for decades, are as follows:

We unabashed silent film fans at Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog thank all those who made this DVD a reality, especially Ben Model and Dino Everett at the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.

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